company document: overview of the Defence Communications Directorate’s response to Declassified UK

protecting letter from Chief working Officer, Mike Baker

On 21 September, the Secretary of State made a statement to the condo on studies involving an approach taken by way of the Ministry of Defence with a media outlet (Declassified UK) the place he noted that each one government media and verbal exchange experts ought to abide by means of the executive verbal exchange service’s Propriety information and the Civil carrier Code.

In that observation, he committed to an impartial evaluate through former director and communications skilled Tom Kelly into allegations that had been made that those standards had not at all times been met in the department.

Mr Kelly led the unbiased evaluate right through October 2020, and that i am completely happy to post his record with this letter. i am reassured that the Ministry of Defence does not function any blacklisting coverage and has no direct political bias. here’s a crucial discovering. despite the fact, the record does determine training to be learned. As MOD Chief working Officer, I utterly settle for the findings of the report, and we are actually within the procedure of taking forward its ideas. i’ll be certain this is executed at tempo.

i need once more to apologise to Declassified UK for the incident. MOD turned into incorrect no longer to supply a comment to them on the story about which they had been enquiring in August 2020.

My thanks go to Mr Kelly for agreeing to conduct the overview and his insightful report.